WALTON: Drunk, 70, crashed his Range Rover while on the phone

From the courts
From the courts

A 70-year-old Chesterfield driver who collided with a parked car had drunk almost four times the legal limit.

Brian Hutchinson, of Foljambe Avenue, Walton, was spared jail by town magistrates following the December 13 offence.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said Samantha Turner was outside her Park Road home at 3pm when Hutchinson’s Range Rover slowly hit the back of her Peugeot car.

Ms Turner stated that he was using a mobile phone at the time and she knocked on his window to tell him about the accident.

“She says he got out and was almost staggering. He said he hadn’t hit her car even though the Range Rover was still touching it, and she wasn’t having his details.

“She shouted to her husband and the defendant got in his car and reversed back a metre,” said Ms Mahon.

Ms Turner called police and Hutchinson took a swig of mouthwash and spat it out. He told police he drank strong beer on the night before the incident.

He gave a reading of 129mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35mcgs.

Hutchinson admitted drink-driving. He had no previous convictions. He received a six-month probation supervision order and a £240 fine, with £85 costs.

Deputy District Judge Andrew Davison also imposed a 32-month driving ban. It will be cut to two years if Hutchinson passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

Defence solicitor Joe Harvey said Hutchinson was driving home after a doctors appointment when he stopped to answer a phone call. He left the automatic car in drive instead of park and a minor collision occurred. He denied refusing to exchange details with Ms Turner.

The court heard that Hutchinson suffered from a degenerative spinal disorder which caused him pain ranging from “annoying to excruciating” but he was prescribed only over-the counter painkillers.

“He was getting through the day by drinking alcohol to numb the pain. A bottle of scotch from the night before was almost empty.

“He is now on proper analgesics and sleeping tablets. He has a history of alcohol abuse and he has contacted AA,” added Mr Harvey.